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My name is Kyra Bridges and I’m a second-year spare parts apprentice at Komatsu Hobart.
This year, I was lucky enough to be one of six successful winners of Komatsu’s year Live Your Dream program for 2019. The program provides a $10,000 fund, to help support and fulfil a personal ambition to work with a community organisation that they are passionate about.
My organisation is Speak UP! Stay ChatTY. Stay ChatTY is a program that works to promote positive mental health and prevent suicide by reducing the stigma around mental health and encouraging people to speak up and seek help when they need it.
Mitch McPherson established the organization in 2013 after his younger brother Ty died because of suicide.
As someone who has been affected by the grief and loss of suicide, Stay ChatTY holds a very special place in my heart. As a teenager, I battled my own inner demons and struggled with my own mental health. I found it hard to reach out and seek the help I needed, because mental health and suicide were things that just were not talked about in everyday conversations.
Stay ChatTY raises this awareness and starts these conversations to educate people on how to reach out when you’re struggling, and also how to reach out to someone who is struggling. For this reason, I have set myself a goal, to match Komatsu’s $10,000 grant, $1 for $1.
The extra funds will be spent on involving young people more closely to promote mental health, and helping the Stay ChatTY program involve more young people in the development of their programs through youth engagement activities.